Using COUNT Function in Excel


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In this tutorial, it will be explained about the way of using the COUNT function in excel. COUNT formula in excel is useful if we want to know how many numbers are there in a cell range.


Why do We Need to Learn Ms Excel COUNT Function?


In the data processing process, probably we want to check whether our numeric data is already as many as we need. Or maybe we want to check whether there is a non-numeric data in a column or row exclusive for numbers. A non-numeric data there can disturb the calculation process that we might want to do to the row or column.

As an example of this need in our job, imagine we do digit data processing to all of the digits of a product sales. Maybe we want to calculate something like their average or sum. If there is a non-numeric data in the cell range where we do the calculation, it will be troublesome. The calculation process that we want to do can be wrong because of it.

To know how many numbers in a column, row, or table on a spreadsheet, then we can use the COUNT function in excel. For us who often deal with numbers in our daily works, then it can be one of the most useful functions. The amount checking of numeric data can be much easier to be done with this function.


What is the COUNT Function in Excel?


COUNT function in excel is a function to know the amount of numbers in a cell range. This formula has other variants like COUNTIF to calculate the amount of data in a cell range based on particular criteria. If the digits amount in a cell range is your need, then understand the way of using the COUNT function in excel.

The general description of the inputs in this formula is as follows:


=COUNT(value_1, value_2, …)


Note:
value_1, value2, … = cell coordinate or data to be counted the amount of number from


How to Use Excel COUNT Formula?


The following will explain the steps to use the formula in detail. In this formula, there is only one input. It is the cell ranges or data which you want to know the amount of numbers from.


Using COUNT Formula in Excel

  1. Type equal sign ( = ) in the cell where you want to put the result in

    Using COUNT Function in Excel - Screenshot of Step 1

  2. Type COUNT (can be with large and small letters) and open bracket sign after =

    Using COUNT Function in Excel - Screenshot of Step 2

  3. Drag cursor from the most top left to the most bottom right on the cells where you want to calculate the amount of numbers are. You can also type comma signs ( , ) and add cell ranges in other places until all of them are in the formula

    Using COUNT Function in Excel - Screenshot of Step 3

  4. Type close bracket sign after all cells that you want to be processed have already been inputted

    Using COUNT Function in Excel - Screenshot of Step 4

  5. Press Enter
  6. The process is done!

    Using COUNT Function in Excel - Screenshot of Step 6



Exercise


After you learn how to use the formula above, you can practice your understanding by doing the exercise below!

Download the exercise file and answer the questions. Please download the answers if you have done answering the questions and sure about the results!

Link of the exercise file:
Download here

Questions

  1. How many digits are in the table on the right?
  2. How many digits on column 6
  3. How many digits on row 3?

Link of the answer key file:
Download here


Additional Note


If you want to know the amount of all data, not just the numbers, then you need to use COUNTA. The way to use it can be learned in another tutorial from Compute Expert!



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